The Weird Al Show (1997–1998)
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Because I Said So 

Today's lesson: "The best way to work out a problem with a bully is through peaceful communication."

Director:

Peyton Reed

Writers:

'Weird Al' Yankovic (creator) (as Al Yankovic), Steve Lookner | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
'Weird Al' Yankovic ... Himself / Various Characters
Brian Haley ... The Hooded Avenger
Stan Freberg ... J.B. Toppersmith / Papa Boolie (voice)
Paula Jai Parker ... Val Brentwood - Gal Spy
Danielle Weeks ... Cousin Corky
Donavan Freberg Donavan Freberg ... Baby Boolie (voice)
Billy West ... Show Announcer (voice)
Matthew McCurley Matthew McCurley ... Huey (as Mathew McCurly)
Charles Fleischer ... Buford
Dick Van Patten ... Himself
Tahj Mowry ... Himself
Kerry Norton ... Contortionist #1 (credit only)
Doug Jones ... Contortionist #2 (credit only)
Danny Brant Danny Brant ... House Band
Wayne Hammerly Wayne Hammerly ... House Band
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Storyline

Weird Al's boss, J. B., is letting his nephew take over Al's show, much to Al's displeasure. The bratty boy demands that Al sing about everything: from opening his mail to opening the door. The kid has even brought in a house band to accompany him. Meanwhile, Al has invented a malfunctioning automatic toenail clipper; Dick Van Patten dances in a tutu; Al tells us all about Hawaii; the kiddie celebrity Tahj Mowri deeply regrets his visit; Al shows his music video about "Jurassic Park"; and Fred Huggins sings "It's Nice to Be Nice." Written by J. Spurlin

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Genres:

Family | Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

TV-G
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Release Date:

25 October 1997 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?

Quotes

Huey Toppersmith: No one likes me!
Al: I like you! I mean, in theory... If you weren't so bossy... In an alternate universe where you weren't like a tyrant, I like you.
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Connections

Edited from Alapalooza: The Videos (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Jurassic Park
(uncredited)
Written by Jimmy Webb and 'Weird Al' Yankovic
Performed by 'Weird Al' Yankovic
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The seventh episode's main idea makes for tepid comedy; and there's too little Al TV
29 March 2007 | by J. SpurlinSee all my reviews

Today's lesson: "The best way to work out a problem with a bully is through peaceful communication."

Weird Al's boss, J. B., is letting his nephew take over Al's show, much to Al's displeasure. The bratty boy demands that Al sing about everything from opening his mail to opening the door. The kid has even brought in a house band to accompany him. Meanwhile, Al has invented a malfunctioning automatic toenail clipper; Dick Van Patten dances in a tutu; Al tells us all about Hawaii; the kiddie celebrity Tahj Mowri deeply regrets his visit; Al shows his music video about "Jurassic Park"; and Fred Huggins sings "It's Nice to Be Nice."

The central idea of this episode—Al is forced into performing impromptu songs—makes for tepid comedy. It's nice finally to see the comedy great Stan Freberg appear on camera as Al's boss (Freberg usually is off camera as the puppet Papa Boolie), but he is given little to do. The Al TV segments are the highlight of every show, but this time we only get one. Luckily it features the hilariously goody two-shoes kiddie host, Fred Huggins, who provides this episode's only laughs.


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